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Welcome to the official website of Furness Railway Number 20,
Britain's oldest working standard gauge steam locomotive.

Crest of the Furness Railway Trust


Registered Charity 1005211


Visit our weekly blog for all the latest news about what we've been up to!

5643 at the Ribble Steam Railway steam gala


Welcome to the award-winning official website for the Furness Railway Trust.

For the latest on what we - and our locomotives and carriages - have been up to, visit our weekly blog.

The FRT owns Britain's oldest working standard gauge steam locomotive, Furness Railway Number 20, GWR duo 0-6-2T 5643 and 4979 "Wootton Hall", Austerity "Cumbria" and our vintage train.

We have our engineering base in Preston at the Ribble Steam Railway but our locomotives and carriages are found at heritage railway sites nationwide.

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Website by Neil Smith and Mike Rigg

Colours used are original to the Furness Railway Company paint scheme.

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Website last updated: 7th April 2015

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5643 has starred in its third gala weekend of the year, and all before the end of March! The Taffy Tank provided the authentic Valleys motive power for the event which celebrated the railways of South Wales. 5643 was a late additon to the gala roster, standing in for a classmate damaged while being transported to the WSR. This visit - a first by 5643 to the Quantock Hills - came a week on from performing similar duties at its Ribble Steam Railway home, and after the January visit to the East Lancashire Railway!

The locomotive was partially repainted during winter works attention at the FRT's workshop building at the RSR. Now back at Preston, 5643 will undergo the annual boiler insurance examination and have other work done before departing on hire for 2015. (The railway that has hired 5643 has not yet publicised this arrangement so in accordance with our normal policy, we will not reveal the destination until the hirer has done so.)

Meanwhile work is advancing to return Cumbria to steam in 2015 with the boiler now back in the frames having undergone extensive specialist repairs at the Severn Valley Railway.  Meanwhile new pistons have been installed in the locomotive's cylinders.

And FR Number 20 remains operational locomotive in residence at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon, County Durham.  Locomotion has asked  for the veteran locomotive to remain at this NRM site for 2015! FR20 will be steaming regularly at Locomotion throughout the year. The veteran is also due to visit the Llangollen Railway in May, to mark the 150th anniversary of the original opening of the line there.